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Proposal to Send 6000 PLA Fighters into Forest Security Force

Posted by Ka Frank on March 4, 2010

This article appeared on My Republica on March 3, 2010.

6,000 PLA fighters for forest security force

KATHMANDU:  The cabinet has agreed in principle to form a new national security force comprising posts specially for Maoist combatants who do not want to go into politics or choose rehabilitation. The new National Forest Conservation Corps (NFCC) would accommodate a few thousand of the 19,602 verified People´s Liberation Army (PLA) combatants.

Although such a force would be under the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation (MoFSC), it will be coordinated by the Nepal Army´s Directorate of Conservation of National Parks and Wildlife Reserves.

The cabinet meeting last Thursday took up a proposal to this effect and forwarded it to the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of General Administrations (MoGA) for their approval. “We have proposed to accommodate 6,000 verified Maoist combatants in the NFCC which will be mobilized for wildlife protection and conservation,” Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Deepak Bohara told myrepublica.com.

According to the MoFSC proposal, such a separate conservation corps would comprise 6,000 conservation guards who will then be mobilized in all protection areas, including national parks, conservation areas, the Churiya region and wildlife reserves. “The proposal has been accepted in principle by the cabinet and the final number in the NFCC will be determined once all the necessary procedures are complete and approval from other ministries obtained,” Minister Bohara further said. It has also been learnt that MoFSC held discussions over the proposal with high-ranking officials of the Nepal Army, which has a large number of its soldiers at the national parks and other conservation areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Nepal Army Demands Recount of PLA in Camps, Dissolution of YCL Paramilitary Wing

Posted by Ka Frank on March 4, 2010

YCL training

This article appeared on Nepal News on March 2, 2010.

NA suggests govt to recount Maoist combatants before integration

Nepal Army has suggested the government to recount the number of combatants staying in the cantonments before integrating them into various security agencies, Annapurna Post daily reported.

Presenting NA’s suggestions on the issue of army integration at a special meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office, Singha Durbar, Monday, a team of senior generals led by Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) Chhatra Man Singh Gurung argued recounting of the combatants was imperative as there are reports that about 40 percent of the combatants had already left the cantonments. The NA team also suggested the government to have the Unified CPN (Maoist) dissolve the para-military structure of their youth wing Young Communist League (YCL) before the integration.

Other issues including model of the combatants integration, national security policy, reform in security sector, the salary and allowance given by the state to the Maoist combatants and the training given by Maoist chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal to PLA members at the cantonment in Chitwan were also discussed during the meeting. The meeting has concluded, it was not right for the Maoist chairman to train the Maoist combatants at a time when they had already agreed to shift the chain of command of the PLA to special committee on army integration.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, defense minister Bidhya Bhandari, home minister Bhim Rawal, finance minister Surendra Pandey and peace minister Rakam Chemjong were present at the meeting.

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